Tom Gammon currently serves as the First Vice President of the United Teachers of Dade, the 4th largest teachers union in the nation. Tom has thirty years of experience as an elementary and secondary teacher in a number of schools throughout Miami-Dade County Public School (M-DCPS). Most recently he was the Law Magnet Teacher at Miami Carol City Senior High School. His other positions within M-DCPS included Teacher-Trainer at the Center for Professional Learning and Teacher on Special Assignment in the Educational Policy Department of the United Teachers of Dade (UTD). Tom was selected Miami-Dade County Teacher of the Year in 1997, received the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award in 1999 while a teacher at Miami Springs Senior High School, and was appointed to the White House Strategy Session on Hispanic Student Achievement in 2000. Tom holds a B.A. from the University of Florida in Education and a Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi. He retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel after more than 25 years of service. Following 9/11, he was recalled to military duty for Operation Enduring Freedom, the War on Terrorism. During his military career, he received several Air Force Meritorious Service medals and the 2002 Florida Education Association’s Brother and Sister Award for Personal Courage. He has been married for 39 years and has one son with disabilities associated with Fragile X Syndrome.
1974 University of Florida, B.A.
University of Mississippi, Juris Doctorate; Graduate Certificate in Urban Education, 1982